Enkusero Sampu Conservancy (ESC) dedicated to preserving and protecting the diversity of the natural wildlife resources of this rich region. ESC seeks ways in which wildlife and people can co-exist symbiotically.
Enkusero Sampu Conservancy (“the Conservancy”) covers an area of six kilometres square of which one kilometres square are managed jointly with Empaash Conservancy. There are about 90 Bomas in the area within the Conservancy of which 21 persons are registered members of the Conservancy.
Enkusero Sampu Conservancy comprises desert, savanna and woodland with Sandstone Mountains. These features, the beautiful scenery and the wildlife within the conservancy are major tourist attractions in Kenya.
The Oloorruka hill which runs through the Conservancy provides a habitat for migrating and visiting elephants every year and supports a variety of wildlife throughout the year.
The lack of adequate grass and water for our cattle has created economic and social strife within our own community. To address this situation; we proposed to consolidate our individual parcels of land as a community to make a conservation area which will create jobs for the local youth and at the same time protect biodiversity at this buffer zone of Nairobi National Park. We will consult with our community leadership on who will be employed in the conservation area and solicit assistance from Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to provide expertise and equipment in Wildlife protection in conservation area.
We envision having one ecolodge, one resource centre and two shops run by the local women group in the conservation area. The successful completion of this project would create an increase in economic stability for the community landowners, increased family stability, decreased dependency on food aid programs, and increased Maasai men and women members self esteem through a greater ability of self sufficiency . It will also create room habitable to wild life (endangered species). This vision is expected to be accomplished through:
- Establishing strong community partnership and goodwill for project success and sustainability through strategic meetings, mobilization, and involvement of community and relevant government ministries and departments and other resource partners.
- Increasing institutional and personnel capacity of the ESC, including 9 trustees and 13staff on; conservancy development and management, strategic planning and resource mobilization and CBETE development and management through training and exchange learning trips to at least three established conservancies in Kenya/ Tanzania.
- Developing and providing alternative livelihood support system that fosters bio-diversity conservation to the pastoralist ESC community through creation of a conservation area and establishment of two pilot community-based eco-tourism enterprises (CBETEs).
- Providing increased access to quality and adequate levels of education to deserving bright children from poor families in the ESC community through setting up an education fund
- Providing adequate human and administrative resources to ensure success and sustainability of the integrated 3 year conservation, CBETE, and education development project through identification, placement, development, maintenance and support of 5 managerial/ technical and 8 support staff.
In order to realise the results in this proposal, ESC needs Kshs 75, 792, 180 (USD 1,052,669) the next three years. We are therefore appealing your esteemed organization to consider supporting the ESC community financially by adopting at least one objective/project component as proposed under this proposal.